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Oakland at Houston

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Oakland (36-29) «300011000016140
Houston (27-39)102020000005122

Athletics 6, Astros 5 (11 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Rookie Kurt Suzuki has gotten a lot of help from Jason Kendall since being called up from the minors a few days ago.

On Thursday it was Suzuki who helped Kendall out, getting his first major league hit in the 11th inning to set up Kendall's game-winning RBI-single in Oakland's 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.

"I've watched Jason and how he sets guys up," an excited Suzuki said. "He's definitely been a big help to me with scouting reports and telling me how to set people up. He's given me some good hints and that has really helped."

Suzuki, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, got his pinch-hit single after a single by Bobby Crosby with one out in the 11th. Kendall's hit was a line drive to left field off Brian Moehler (0-2).

"He's swinging the bat a lot better in the last week or so," A's manager Bob Geren said of Kendall. "He has been working real hard with (hitting coach) Ty Van Burkleo every day and it's starting to show."

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect 11th for his second save in two tries. He hasn't allowed a run in eight appearances since joining the team from Triple-A on June 3. Alan Embree (1-0) got the win after pitching two scoreless innings.

"I can't say enough about what the bullpen did," Geren said. "We had six relievers who came in and did their job. To throw all those zeros on the scoreboard was just remarkable."

Oakland took the series with the win, and has won five of its last six games and 10 of 12. It was the second 11 inning game in this series for these two teams, after Houston won 5-4 on Tuesday.

It was Houston's fourth loss in five games.

Things went from bad to worse on Thursday for Astros shortstop Adam Everett, who had errors in both the first and second innings before fracturing his right leg in a collision with Carlos Lee in the fourth.

Everett was backpedaling to left field to chase a fly ball when Lee came forward and slid into him, crashing into his right leg and sending him to the ground. Neither player came up with the ball.

Lee got up immediately, but Everett remained on his hands and knees and writhed in pain until trainers reached the outfield. He was picked up, placed on a cart and taken for X-rays which revealed the fracture.

"I didn't want to mention it to anyone out there because I was hoping for the best, but when we collided I heard something snap," Lee said. "So I knew it wasn't good."

Astros manager Phil Garner said Everett will miss four-to-eight weeks.

"It was a bad day no question," Garner said. "It was very frustrating that we couldn't win the ball game. That hurts and losing Adam hurts also."

Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth and retired the first two batters in the 10th before a single by Mark Ellis. Lidge intentionally walked Nick Swisher before striking out Eric Chavez to end the inning.

Chris Burke and Craig Biggio both had singles in the 10th inning for Houston, but Swisher caught a long fly ball by Mark Loretta to send it to the 11th.

Oakland had a chance to take the lead in the seventh, but Marco Scutaro grounded to second, and Chris Burke's throw to catcher Eric Munson beat a sliding Bobby Crosby home.

Scutaro's fourth home run of the year off Dave Borkowski landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field and tied it at 5-all in the sixth inning.

Morgan Ensberg's single to left field in the fifth scored Mike Lamb to tie it at 4 and chased starter Chad Gaudin. Luke Scott grounded into a force out and Eric Munson scored to give Houston a 5-4 lead.

Lance Berkman doubled in the third inning and scored on a double by Lee. Houston tied it at 3-all when Mike Lamb's line drive bounced off the glove of first baseman Dan Johnson, sending Lee home.

Ellis had an RBI double and Chavez hit his 11th homer in Oakland's three-run first inning. Ellis scored on a passed ball in the fifth to put Oakland ahead 4-3.

Jason Jennings, who missed 44 games with tendinitis in his throwing elbow, remains winless in six starts this season after leaving after four innings with the score tied at 3. He allowed five hits and three runs with two walks and one strikeout.

Garner said he had planned for Jennings to throw about 80 pitches because he was dealing with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. He threw 74 pitches.

Lee said Houston's struggles are beginning to wear on him.

"I can't see anything going right for us now," Lee said. "I know they say in this game you've got to do it yourself, but sometimes we need a little bit of luck ... it's been tough."

Gaudin allowed a season-high nine hits and five runs and walked four in 4 1/3 innings.

Notes

Oakland has not committed an error in its last six games, marking the teams longest streak of the season. ... It was Berkman's first game back after serving a two game suspension for his actions after an ejection last week against Colorado.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

M. Ellis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

M. Lamb
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF5100225 .220
Mark Ellis, 2B4221203 .261
Nick Swisher, RF4021111 .287
Eric Chavez, 3B5121124 .245
Dan Johnson, 1B6020034 .259
Bobby Crosby, SS4110202 .238
Jack Cust, LF3000022 .218
    Colby Lewis, P0000000 .000
   a- Donnie Murphy, PH1000011 .000
    Ron Flores, P0000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
   b- Shannon Stewart, PH1000000 .276
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   c- Kurt Suzuki, PH-C1010000 .500
Jason Kendall, C-LF5031110 .219
Chad Gaudin, P1000001 .000
    Jay Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Marco Scutaro, LF4111002 .237
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals446145912  
a-struck out for Lewis in the 7th
b-flied out for Calero in the 9th
c-singled for Embree in the 11th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (13, J. Jennings), Dan Johnson 2 (11, J. Jennings, McLemore), Jason Kendall 2 (5, J. Jennings, Qualls)
HR - Eric Chavez (11, J. Jennings), Marco Scutaro (4, Borkowski)
SF - Nick Swisher (3)
SH - Chad Gaudin (1)
RBI - Mark Ellis (31), Nick Swisher (36), Eric Chavez (32), Jason Kendall (17), Marco Scutaro (9)
SB - Mark Ellis (6, 2nd base off Lidge/Munson)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Crosby-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Chad Gaudin 4.1955420 2.85
Jay Marshall 0.1000000 5.48
Colby Lewis 1.1000020 6.75
Ron Flores 0.2000000 0.90
Kiko Calero 1.1100010 5.47
Alan Embree (W,1-0) 2200020 2.87
Santiago Casilla (S,2) 1000010 0.00
HBP - Burke (by Chad Gaudin)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 95-59, Jay Marshall 3-2, Colby Lewis 18-14, Ron Flores 10-7, Kiko Calero 17-10, Alan Embree 26-18, Santiago Casilla 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 6-4, Jay Marshall 1-0, Kiko Calero 1-2, Alan Embree 1-3
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 26, Jay Marshall 1, Colby Lewis 4, Ron Flores 2, Kiko Calero 5, Alan Embree 8, Santiago Casilla 3
Houston Astros
Mark Loretta, 3B-SS6010005 .303
Hunter Pence, CF6010041 .348
Lance Berkman, RF5210111 .250
Carlos Lee, LF6121000 .298
Mike Lamb, 1B5132010 .264
Eric Munson, C4110111 .238
Chris Burke, 2B3010113 .235
Adam Everett, SS2000002 .228
    Morgan Ensberg, 3B3011001 .217
Jason Jennings, P1000100 .000
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
   a- Luke Scott, PH1001000 .253
    Wandy Rodriguez, PR0000000 .200
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000 .200
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Biggio, PH1010000 .230
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
Totals44512548  
a-hit into fielder's choice for McLemore in the 5th
b-fouled out for Qualls in the 8th
c-singled for Lidge in the 10th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (5, Gaudin), Carlos Lee (21, Gaudin)
3B - Hunter Pence (4, Gaudin)
RBI - Carlos Lee (54), Mike Lamb 2 (9), Morgan Ensberg (17), Luke Scott (32)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lamb (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Lee 1
DP - Lee-Munson, Burke-Loretta-Lamb
PB - Eric Munson (1)
E - Adam Everett 2 (8, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Jason Jennings 4533211 3.18
Mark McLemore 1110230 0.00
Dave Borkowski (BS,1) 0.2211211 3.25
Trever Miller 0.1000110 7.64
Chad Qualls 2200130 3.74
Brad Lidge 2100120 2.41
Brian Moehler (L,0-2) 1311010 6.45
IBB - Crosby by Mark McLemore, Swisher by Brad Lidge
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 74-46, Mark McLemore 30-15, Dave Borkowski 25-12, Trever Miller 9-5, Chad Qualls 26-20, Brad Lidge 30-19, Brian Moehler 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 6-5, Chad Qualls 2-0, Brad Lidge 1-3, Brian Moehler 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 19, Mark McLemore 6, Dave Borkowski 6, Trever Miller 2, Chad Qualls 8, Brad Lidge 8, Brian Moehler 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42024
Game Time - 4:02
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Chad Fairchild